A 3-day stay in Denver allows you to venture into districts beyond downtown for a taste of the city’s diversity, including experiencing the outdoors in any season, from ski resorts to hiking trails. You also have time to visit the Rocky Mountains or Colorado Springs.
United States Air Force Academy
U.S. Air Force Academy, Denver, Colorado
Colorado’s US Air Force Academy is an exclusive university that accepts about 1,400 new cadets per year. As a visitor, you can take a self-guided tour of the campus and learn about the training that cadets go through here. The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center has exhibits about the air force, a theater showing a 14-minute movie about life at the academy, and a gift shop.
Things to Know Before You Go
The US Air Force Academy is a must for military-history buffs.
The walk on the 0.3-mile (0.5-kilometer) paved nature trail from the Cadet Chapel back to the visitor center is mostly uphill and can be strenuous.
Wheelchairs are available for use inside the visitor center only, and the visitor center and chapel are wheelchair accessible.
Large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside the visitor center.
How to Get There
To reach the US Air Force Academy, located about 20 miles north of Colorado Springs, drive north on Interstate 25 and take exit 156. Visitors must arrive through the North Gate, and free parking is available at the visitor center and Cadet Chapel.
When to Get There
The US Air Force Academy and the Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center are open daily, and visitors are welcome to attend services at the chapel. Note that the chapel occasionally closes to the public for private services. A good time to visit is weekdays at 11:30am during the academic year to observe the cadets marching to lunch.
Going to the Chapel
The Cadet Chapel at the US Air Force Academy is a popular place to get married, but only academy graduates, active-duty Airmen in Colorado, and Purple Heart and Silver Star Medal recipients are eligible to use it. More than 100 couples are married in the chapel each year.
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As well as visiting the United States Air Force Academy, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit:
- Things to do in Colorado
- Things to do in Fort Collins
- Things to do in Breckenridge
- Things to do in Colorado Springs
- Things to do in Vail
- Things to do in Aspen
- Things to do in Albuquerque
- Things to do in Sedona
- Things to do in Phoenix
- Things to do in Las Vegas
- Things to do in Utah
- Things to do in New Mexico
- Things to do in Monument Valley
- Things to do in Arizona
- Things to do in Missouri
- Pikes Peak Highway
- Garden of the Gods
- Pikes Peak
- Washington Park
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Art Museum (DAM)
- Molly Brown House Museum
- Colorado State Capitol Building
- Denver Mint
- Denver Civic Center Park
- Denver Firefighters Museum
- Hard Rock Cafe Denver
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts